Visual stories in photobooks

How do you tell visual stories in photobooks?

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Webinar 16 – ‘The Book Of Veles’

In edition 16 we discuss ‘The Book Of Veles’ by Jonas Bendiksen, and how this photographer tackled the issue of ‘fake news’ by creating his version of the story he found in the town of Veles.

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Webinar 15 – Editing in practice

In this edition we look at editing and what the essence of visual storytelling is. In this instructive video, Marc uses the images by Carlos Cazalis project Occupy São Paulo to show his method of creating edits based on the idea of the five elements of a narrative: surprise – establish – develop – climax – end.

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Webinar 14 – ‘Borders of Europe, a trilogy.’

In this webinar we look at a trilogy: three books by the author Irene van der Linde and photographer Nicole Segers. We look at how their narrations developed over the course of their 20 year-long cooperation and how they together tell the story of the influence of borders on the lives of people in Europe.

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Webinar 13 – Willem Diepraam, Patrick Willocq & Taryn Simon

Dutch master photographer Willem Diepraam published several books in his career. On this occasion of his exhibition at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam we analyse Sahel and Landscape at the Sea and compare them to contemporary books: Patrick Willocq’s Songs of the Walés and An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar by Taryn Simon.

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Webinar 12 – Forms of expression

Looking at recently published books I discuss different forms of storytelling, and how photographers tell a story while supplementing their own photography with different elements, such as found footage, archival materials, or the written word.

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Webinar 11 – China Imagined at Breda Photo

In our 11th webinar we visit part of the BredaPhoto festival and look at four projects in the exhibition China Imagined and compare how projects that are a road trip, a portfolio and a catalogue in book form are shown as an exhibition.

XiaoXiao Xu’s road trip along the Long Wall, Pixy Liao’s Experimental relationship and Zhang Kechun’s project on the Yellow River are the main focus, and we look at Thomas Sauvin’s exhibition World Park as an extra.

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Tell your Story program

As part of our mission to promote the documentary photography genre, Forhanna has partnered with visual story editor/curator Marc Prüst to develop a comprehensive series of webinars that provide photographers the tools they need to professionalise their projects and visual narratives.

This series of webinars focusses on the photobook as a narrative medium and is part of the ‘Tell your story’-program. 

Future webinars will provide more in-depth information for photographers looking to link a business model to their project.

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Future webinars will provide more in-depth information for photographers looking to link a business model to their project.

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Webinar 10 – Order in Chaos

This edition looks at seven books that each show conflict, and we discuss how the photographers created order in the chaos of conflict around them to tell their story.
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Webinar 9 – Travelogues

In this edition I look at several travel books, and how a travel story can be told effectively in a photo book. Also, I assess the importance of the texts and how they are used to contextualise the photography.

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Webinar 8 – Heroes

This edition of the webinar series on visual stories in photobooks looks at the concept of the ‘hero’ and how it can be depicted in photographic publications. We look not only at three photobooks but also at two historical magazine publications. 

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Webinar 7 – The family album

In this edition I discuss four examples of photographers who have used the format of the family album to tell their story. These stories can be highly personal, or they are about the lives of others. We also look at a combination of storytelling formats, to talk about environmental disaster and the impact on the lives of people.

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Webinar 6 – World Press Photo Story of the year

World Press Photo announced the winners of its annual competition on the 14th of April. In this webinar we look at the winners of the World Press Photo Picture and the World Press Photo Story of the Year, we discuss the visual structure of the winning images, and look at how the narration of the story is constructed.


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Webinar 5 –  Limitation as opportunity

In this lecture I discuss projects from the exhibition North Korean Perspectives. How different photographers have worked within and with the limitations set by the North Korean state to share their perspective on the country and its people.


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Webinar 4 – Regained urgency

Now that most people are being forced to spend more time at home to we hear of a dramatic increase of domestic violence. In this new situation, old stories that deal with this subject are even more urgent than before. In this lecture I look at how projects can regain their urgency.

Featuring works by Arianna Sanesi and Donna Ferrato

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Webinar 3 – Effects of a new reality

The Corona crisis has affected many people worldwide, it seems to be redefining our society. In this lecture we introduce photographic projects that reacted to another crisis with a huge impact on Japanese society; the tsunami of 11 March 2011. 

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Webinar 2 – Visual Story Formats 2

In this lecture Marc shows more books and includes the investigation, the continuous story and a combination of typology and narrative as ways to visually create stories.

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Webinar 1 – Visual Story Formats 1

This first video introduces the concept of classifying visual stories into categories based on the narrative format, such as the visual diary, the portfolio, roadtrip and the visual narrative.

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Visual stories in photobooks

A semi-live talk on different storytelling formats in photobooks.

In this 10 part series of webinars, story editor Marc Prüst introduces his approach to visual stories.

Through a collection of photobooks he shows various formats of photographic story formats, such as the typology, the portfolio, and the narrative.

This presentation is part of the Tell Your Story project that includes a research into business and distribution models for documentary photographers, a publication with the results and a practical manual on how to develop a photographic project.

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